Favola Prosecco Extra Dry NV

Favola Prosecco is a notably dry sparkling wine from northern Italy near Treviso. Most of the vineyards are within 60 km of the Slovenian border. Favola Prosecco is made from Glera grapes, which have been famous for their mild palate and zingy acidity for as many years as the area has produced wine. The wine provides flavours of peach and apple on the palate, with just the barest hint of soapiness.

Favola Prosecco is an excellent summer aperitif because of its crisp, refreshing finish. It pairs very well with a variety of appetisers and main dishes, including:

•Antipasti, especially sharp or pungent cheeses or salamis
•Seafood, such as salmon or shrimp
•Sage-and-butter linguine
•Fettucine alfredo
•Lychees, particularly in coconut milk

Unlike other wines that come from Glera grapes, which are as low as 8.5 percent in alcohol content by volume, Favola Prosecco is a middle-of-the-road 11.5 percent alcohol by volume. The pride of northern Italian sparkling wines also differs from its more "high-brow" cousins: Champagnes. Champagne goes through a two-step fermentation process to achieve its bubbly state, but Glera sparkling wines go through only one step that involves increased pressure to create the bubbles.

Before 2009, the Glera grapes were known as Prosecco grapes. In 2009, however, Prosecco di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene wines were promoted to the highest level, which is "Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita," or guaranteed designation of origin. This term is shortened to DOCG. When the promotion occurred, it reserved the name "Prosecco" only for wines that came from the region and no longer allowed the name to be used for the variety of grape. The European Union backed up the law and made it illegal for anyone anywhere to call his or her wines "Prosecco," unless the wines in question came from the appropriate region in northern Italy near the Slovenian border.

Interestingly, there are four varieties of Glera grapes: Glera Lungo, Glera Tondo, Glera Nostrano, and Colli Euganei, the latter of which is known colloquially as Serpino. All of them are late-season bloomers and have a high yield per vine. Each has similar palates and tannins, but each of them is also distinctly different. The actual history of each of these subtypes is murky. The various winemakers of the region haven't ever agreed on the history of each subtype. What the world can agree on, however, is that sparkling wines from Glera grapes, especially Favola Prosecco, are zippy and tasty.